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Abu Dhabi GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
November 26 2017

 
 Pirelli Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying Review
 
Pole Winner
 

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas claimed the final pole position of the 2017 season, around 2.5 seconds faster than last year’s pole time, using the same P Zero Purple ultrasoft compound choice as one year ago.

The ultrasoft was the tyre used by all the drivers from start to finish of the session, which began in daylight and then ended under the lights as the sun set. As usual here, track temperatures fell progressively during the session.

A one-stop strategy will be the quickest way to run tomorrow’s race, especially with Yas Marina not being the easiest circuit to overtake on.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Qualifying went exactly as we expected it to: there wasn’t a huge degree of track evolution and the lap record dropped further, with ultrasofts used from start to finish. The ultrasofts were in fact capable of more than one flying lap, which is why we saw some drivers alternating push laps with cool-down laps. We should see a one-stop ultrasoft-supersoft strategy for most drivers, but the low degradation also means that the pit stop window is pretty wide, so drivers should be able to make their stop more or less when they want to.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
ULTRA SOFT - Used from start to finish in qualifying by all teams and drivers.
SUPER SOFT - Not used in qualifying but will be a key part of race strategy.
SOFT - Seen at the start of FP3, which had very different track temperatures.

 
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER 	 	TIME 	  COMPOUND
Hamilton 	1m37.627s ULTRASOFT NEW
Bottas 	 	1m37.900s ULTRASOFT NEW
Raikkonen 	1m38.157s ULTRASOFT NEW

QUALIFYING TOP 10
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Bottas 		1m36.231s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hamilton	1m36.403s ULTRASOFT NEW
Vettel 		1m36.777s ULTRASOFT NEW
Ricciardo	1m36.959s ULTRASOFT NEW
Raikkonen 	1m36.985s ULTRASOFT NEW
Verstappen	1m37.328s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hulkenberg 	1m38.282s ULTRASOFT NEW
Perez		1m38.374s ULTRASOFT NEW
Ocon 		1m38.397s ULTRASOFT NEW
Massa		1m38.550s ULTRASOFT NEW

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	   LAPS
SOFT 		Stroll 	   13
SUPERSOFT	Ericsson   32
ULTRASOFT 	Wehrlein   29

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	   TIME
SOFT 		Hamilton   1m41.135s
SUPERSOFT 	Hamilton   1m38.912s
ULTRASOFT 	Bottas 	   1m36.231s
 
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